Design is a powerful platform to blend insight from multiple disciplines to rapidly develop tools or thought provoking concepts for change and lasting impact. People being at the heart of this mission, qualities of empathy and collaboration are key to producing meaningful work. Obsessive attention towards user's health and environmental impact is as important as care about product usability and user delight. These aspects need to be an integral part of the process to yield much more thoughtful suggestions for solutions.

The shift in my work, from engineering to design, was provoked by a desire to swiftly convert technical knowhow into services that improve people's lives. I strive to pursue this goal in grad school by thinking critically, researching and prototyping consequential design possibilities.

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